Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Tokyo
Ueno Toshogu is a shrine of Shinto, Japan's ethnic religion. After the
death of Tokugawa Iyeyasu,
the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunnate, he was enshrined at Nikko while
his vassal, established Ueno Toshogu in 1627 on his premises in honor of
Existing shrine structure was rebuilt in 1651 by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the
third Shogun and grandson
of Ieyasu, in style of 'gonge-tukuri'. a typical architectural style of
the Edo period.
Fortunately, the shrine survived wars and great earthquakes. During World
War $B-6(B, a bomb shell hit
the shrine; however, it was blind and the shrine remained intact. It is
a valuable building which
represents Edo culture and is designated as a national important cultural-property.
Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) is the first founder and shogun of the Tokugawa
which ruled whole Japan for nearly 300 years. This is Edo period and is
considered as one of the most
well-known Japanese warriors. He was wise and careful and was highly respected
for his leadership.
Ueno Toshogu brochure
Temizusha, purification through a hand-washing basin
Omotemon (Front Gate ) : Omotemon Gate is the first gate at Toshogu Shrine,
as designated an Important
Cultural Property. It is also called Nio Gate because of the two guardian
deity statues positioned in the left
Admission fee to the ground of Golden shrine: \500
Sukibei Wall: See-through wall. More than 200 species of wild animals and
plants on upper part and creatures of sea and river on the bottom are carved.
(L) Golden shrine: The building is in 'gongen-zukuri, which consists of
three rooms. Exterior walls are richly carved.
(R) Karamon: Chinese-style gate.The dragons carved by the famous sculptor,
Hidari Jingoro of Edo period, are believed to visit nearby Shinobazu pond
to drink water.
Sacred tree $B!!8f?@LZ(B
Forty-eight lanterns were dedicated by daimyo ( feudal lords) .
Rich citrus on the shrine ground
$B!!(B Nikko Toushougu shrine (2018)
Nikko, Lake Cuzenji and Mt. Hangetsu (2017)
Ueno Zoo, Tokyo
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